Hundreds of DfE Darlington jobs to stay in town

There were fears that if the hundreds of posts were relocated Darlington could spiral into decline

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Hundreds of Darlington government jobs under threat of being relocated to another area are to stay in the town, it has been announced.

The Department for Education said it was quitting its Mowden Hall base because it was too expensive to repair, and moving to Durham or Newcastle.

But it has now been revealed its 400 workers will stay in the town and move to a new building.

The town's MP Jenny Chapman said it was fantastic news.

Darlington Council said the new arrangement would mean closer working together, sharing facilities, and that it would be cheaper for the DfE to rent and stay in the area.

A spokesman for the council said: "The new offices will be linked to the existing town hall. This will enable the sharing of facilities by both organisations such as reception, meeting rooms, and video conference facilities.

"Co-location will enable other options to be explored including training, joint apprenticeship schemes and shared career progression for staff across both areas."

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